King Henry V : The Power Of Power

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Henry V starts off as a pleasure-seeking boy that tussles with his role as an heir to the throne. With the power of the throne one of his remarkable qualities is his determination, the ability to accomplish a goal once his mind is set on. Will the power he gains impose his fictions upon the world? Merriam-Webster defines power as a person or organization that has an ample deal of control and influence over other people or organizations. Based on this definition, I agree that King Henry V has the power that leads him to impose outrageous fictions on the people around him, but he is not the only one who uses power to impose fictions on each person around them. Canterbury is the first character to show a significant example of power to impose their fictions, even though he is only in the story for a short period of time. Canterbury advises King Henry to go to war to France; the war is only to take his mind off of passing a bill both Ely and Canterbury (bishops don’t want to pass). The bishops know that Henry feels he has a claim to the French throne as well; therefore, they think if they can get Henry to start a war, then he would concentrate of the invasion of France over the bill. Canterbury helps to instigate this plan by offering the King a “donation” from the church to help fund the King’s war efforts. In addition both bishops flatter the king saying he has changed dramatically since his youth. Canterbury is using his power as a bishop to impose his outrageous idea to…
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